Emporia Farmers Market Celebrating 30 Years

The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

June 2012


Volume 6, No. 6



Perhaps Mother Nature has given us the best gift of all for the start of our 30th season of farmers markets in Emporia -- a mild winter and early spring. We have just completed the largest month of May the market has ever seen, both in number of vendors participating and in total sales. Vendors are consistently reporting that crops are in about 6 weeks ahead of schedule. Tomatoes showed up by the second week of market. We've enjoyed strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb and black raspberries. Potatoes are in! Sugar snap peas, beets, summer squash, cucumbers... these are just a few of the foods from the market I've fed my own family this month. Now if we could just talk Mother Nature into a little more rain and to hold off on the high temps of summer for a while longer.


And big events for the market are still on the horizon. On June 1, Friends of the Market will be hosting the 2nd Annual Pasta Palooza for Dirty Kanza bike riders. This event is the single largest fundraiser planned for the market this year. This year we are especially grateful for the involvement of The Verona Grill & Pizzeria. These folks know pasta and will be of great help as we strive to feed so many mouths. It has been fun checking ticket sales and seeing all the places the riders are coming from. The Dirty Kanza is a big event for Emporia and we are honored to be involved. Please plan to come out and show your support for the racers this weekend. (Online ticket sales for the Palooza are now closed. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.)


Most important, we are starting our Wednesday markets early this year to take advantage of all the great produce. The market will be open at 5pm on June 6. Twice per week in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant!


See you at the market!


Tracy Simmons
Market Manager 
P.S. This newsletter is FULL of good information. Please don't give up until you've made it all the way to the bottom. There are some excellent courses on gardening and food preservation coming up in June and July, as well as some opportunities for you children you won't want to miss.


The Verona Grill - Emporia, KSMany thanks to Matt Lowery and The Verona Grill & Pizzeria, 410 Merchant Street, Emporia, for sponsoring our Pasta Palooza fundraiser on June 1 for the Dirty Kanza riders. 
Also to Emporia Subways for the bread donation for our Palooza. 


Thanks to the market's lead sponsor


ESB Financial


In This Issue
June Market Schedule
Birthday Cake Contest Winners
Vendor Introductions
Also in Emporia This Week
June Market Schedule


Saturday - June 2, 2012, 8AM


Wednesday - June 6, 2012, 5PM



Saturday - June 9, 2012, 8AM

Live Music - Savanna Chestnut

Breakfast Burrito Fundraiser by ESU Young Democrats


ESU Young Democrats is recognized student organization at Emporia State University. The purpose of ESU Young Democrats is to support and encourage political activism at the University as well as within the community. All political parties and/or affiliations are welcome.


We are currently fundraising in order to hold voter education/ "Get out and Vote" events in the Fall semester, as well as attend our Regional Kansas Democrat event in October.

Burritos will be priced: $3.50 each, No meat: $3.00 


Wednesday - June 13, 2012, 5PM

Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day


Saturday - June 16, 2012, 8AM

Murphy's Menu Strawberry Cook-Off

watch the website for details


Wednesday - June 20, 2012, 5PM


Saturday - June 23, 2012, 8AM

Live Music - Flute Trio by Anne Strobel, Sue Claridge and Sara Coltrane


Wednesday - June 27, 2012, 5PM


Saturday - June 30, 2012, 8AM

Live Music - Zx3  



A complete calendar of upcoming events can be found online at www.emporiafarmersmarket.org
Mark Your Calendar Now!! 
Food Preservation Workshop
July 11, 2012 
10a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Learn the proper food preservation techniques for
pressure and waterbath canning, and drying. This
class will be taught by Karen Blakeslee Food
Scientist from KSU. This class has a fee of $25.00.
Reservations required, minimum of 10 people,
maximum of 20, RSVP due by July 6th. Class will be
held at the West Campus of Presbyterian Church
1702 W. 15th Ave. Lunch will be provided. 
Reserve your spot:  620-341-3220
Down in the Dirt: 
Learning What It Takes to Grow Food

Community Connections at Flint Hills Technical College invites area students in sixth through eighth grade to enroll in "Down In The Dirt: Learning What It Takes to Grow Food." Over the course of six summer mornings, students will get down in the dirt with hands-on learning experiences about growing food. They will be 
introduced to the basics of organic gardening, including soil preparation, planting, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting, eating, and preserving the bounty. Students will learn how food gets to us from seed-to-plate. Mixing science, art, and fun, this course will open a whole new world of exploration, discovery, and growing to area youth. 
The Emporia Community Gardens will offer garden plot experience and the Flint Hills Technical College hoop house next door will provide additional learning opportunities. A field trip to 
Shepherd's Valley CSA farm will give students a close-up look at the many aspects of local food production, including learning about poultry and sheep. Students will also take field trips to other area farms for garden tours. The class begins Thursday, June 7 and runs through July 12, from 9:00-11:30am at Flint Hills Technical  College, 3301 W. 18th Avenue. Partial scholarships are available through Community Connections, and are sponsored by John Deere Prairie Land Partners, Emporia Area Local Food Network/Babinger Trust, Ben Stallings Interdependent Web, Rand Simmons Law Office, and Green Door Recycling. Space is limited to 20 students. 
For more information, please contact 620-341-1392 or visit http://flinthills.augusoft.net
Savor the Season

Available at the Emporia Farmers Market are a set of 25 crop cards designed to get you thinking about seasonal eating.  Each card has information about Selection, Storage, and Preparation and a delicious recipe, many of which have been tested by our good friends from K-State Research and Extension Master Food Volunteers.


The cards are available at the market kiosk!  You can also find recipes at the Kansas Farmers Markets website.



The Savor the Season specialty crops for 2012 are:
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Snow Peas
  • Rhubarb
  • Basil
  • Bell Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Turnips
  • Pumpkins
We Accept Vision Cards and Debit Cards


For all Vision Cardholders, 2 market tokens will be given for every dollar you spend on your Vision card. 
Offer good while supplies last. 
"Bake us a Birthday Cake" 
Decorating Contest

Many Thanks to all who entered.


Congratulations to our winners!

Cristina Hernandez in the professional category.

Winning professional cake. 


Evie Simmons in the amateur category.



 And special thanks to those who provided prizes and helped to promote our cake contest for the opening 2012 market.


Murphy's Menu 

The Emporia Gazette

Country Mart North

RJ's Cake and Candy 

Chelsea Gerleman, Independent Sales Director, The Pampered Chef

Vanessa Apodaca, Independent Consultant, Tastefully Simple #0081802


Introduction to 2012 Vendors

As vendors sign up for the 2012 season, I will post a bit about them and their product here. Information about our vendors will also become available on our website.  



Sleepy Hollow Natural Skin Care - David & Debra Arb

Year began selling with EFM: 2010

Products Offered: Soaps, Lip Balm, Hand Cream, Pup Perfume, Doggie Rinse, Arnica Salve, Body Scrubs, Face Care Products.

Natural, skin-nourishing ingredients, herbs & botanicals, moisturizing oils.


baked goods 

Debra Blackwell

Products Offered: Baked Goods and Pet Treats.



Country Flower Shed - Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer

Products Offered: A variety of fresh produce, farm eggs, jams and jellies. 



John T. Conway

Year began selling with EFM: 2006

Products Offered: Vegetables, Fruit, Jams & Jellies, Cut Flowers.


September Market 

Crawford Baking - Rod & Nancy Crawford

Year began selling with EFM: 2000

Products Offered: Cinnamon Rolls, Maple & Orange. Bread: White, Wheat, 100% Wheat, Sunflower Wheat & Walnut. Cinnamon Swirl, Bubble Bread, Cinnamon Bread, Pecan Rolls. Apple, Cherry, Pineapple Tea Rings. Cookies: Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Kisses, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, M&M Monster, Snicker Doodles, Raisin Chocolate Crinkles. Quick Breads: Banana & Walnut, Pumpkin, Zucchini, Blueberry, Poppyseed, Cherry Almond.

Cookies and Breads vary from market to market. Always trying new items.


DJ Heins Farms 

DJ Heins Farms - Jeanne Heins

Year began selling with EFM: 2006

Products Offered: Up to 6 kinds of lettuce: Romaine, Black Seeded Simpson, Red Salad Bowl, ButterCrunch. Spinach. Carrots. Beets. Yukon Gold Potatoes. Radishes. Beauregard Sweet Potatoes. Okra. Peaches & Cream Corn. Peppers: Rainbow Sweet, Yellow, Green, Orange, Red, Purple, Jalapenos, Habanero, Red Pimento. Tomatoes: Early Girl, Sung Gold, Beef Master, Heirloom Brandy, Wine, JetStar, Mortgage Lifter, Rutgers. Asparagus. Strawberries. Apples. Squash. Cucumbers. Cauliflower. Cabbage. Broccoli.  Herbs: Dill, Cilantro, Basil.

Use organic, homemade fertilizers and insect control. No commercially prepared food or control items.



Delmer Hinrichs

Year began selling with EFM: 1994

Products Offered: Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions, Okra, Garlic, Potatoes, Beans, Peas, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Beets, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Pumpkins, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Watermelon.


Jase Hubert

Year began selling with EFM: 2006

Products Offered: A variety of fresh garden produce.


Jimmy W. Mounkes

Year began selling with EFM: 1982

Products Offered: Vegetables, including beets, potatoes, squash, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, peppers and corn.


Mators and Tators - Wanda Myers & Mike Myers

Year began selling with EFM: 2011

Products Offered: Vegetables, including potatoes, tomatoes, onions, beets, sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, and sweet potatoes. Also offering baked goods, herbs, and artisan crafts.



Nurnberg Tomatoes - Ronald Nurnberg

Year began selling with EFM: about 1996

Products Offered: Tomatoes (grown in soil in a greenhouse). 


 New Vendor: Charlene Osman

Charlene Osman

Products Offered: Live plants (including starter vegetables for gardening), herbs and vegetables.



Gene Rayburn

Year began selling with EFM: 2010

Products Offered: This year i will have mostly live plants, eggs, tomatoes and peppers. I will probably have some greens in the fall. I have a high tunnel, so should have vegetables through the winter. 



Jade's Veggie Linc - Chad Smith

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: Eggs. Vegetables, including lettuce, carrots, peas, squash, cabbage, potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and zucchini. 



Interdependent Web Urban Farm - Ben & Jessie Stallings

Year began selling with EFM: 2009

Products Offered: Vegetables: greens, peas, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, corn, okra, rhubarb, asparagus... 

Herbs: Chocolate mint, parsley, sage, basil, dill, lambs quarters.

Live Plants: Spider plant, philadendron, aloe, chocolate mint, lambs ear, comfrey, iris.

Fruit: strawberries, raspberries, mulberries, aronia/chokeberries.



If you are a vendor who has news you would like to share, please email Tracy at [email protected] or leave a message on the market office machine at 620-343-6555. Newsletter deadline is the Wednesday prior to the first of each month.


Also, feel free to send me your website address or links to pages on Local Harvest or other local foods directories. 


 Also in Emporia


Have you checked out the courses being offered at Community Connections this season? What a great resource for Emporia. Be sure to check out their many offerings. Cake decorating, German Cooking, Tamales, and more!


Water Wise Landscaping - June 20


Twice the Garden Half the Work - June 27


Jams and Jellies for Beginners - June 30


Harvest Preservation Introduction - July 9


4-H Day Camp 
Anderson Building - Lyon County Fairgrounds
June 20 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


Join the Lyon County 4-H Ambassadors for a super good time at the annual 4-H Day Camp.  This year's theme is Superheroes.  Day Camp is for youth ages 7 - 11.  Cost is $10 per child.  Registration is due June 15 at the Lyon County Extension Office 341-3220.  



2012 Lyon County Fair

Open Class Spotlight Event of the Year
"Squash Any Variety"
Sunday July 29, 2012, 3:00p.m.
Anderson Building

A typed recipe, with entrant's name and address, must accompany entry and may be published. Entries must come in an insulated
container, if necessary. Entries will be judged by a distinguished community person or persons.   

Classes are Main Dish, Side Dish, Dessert/Bread 

Prizes are available for 1st and 2nd place in all three categories.



Emporia Chamber Calendar


Emporia Gazette Calendar




 Thank YOU for Shopping Emporia Farmers Market.


Thank You for shopping the Emporia Farmers Market
photo by Evie Simmons

Saturday Markets

  open 8 am


Wednesday Markets

open 5 pm



Shop early for the best selection!



Parking Lot

7th & Merchant


Emporia, KS 


Thank You to our Farmhands


The Market could not run without you!


May Market Volunteers:

Ele Browning

Courtney Gagan

Ellen Hansen

Christina Hardin

Janice Jaggard

Ruthann Resch

Evie Simmons

Kaman Simmons

Maddie Simmons

Rand Simmons

Becky Smith

Ben Stallings

Anna Tall

Casey Woods


Market Musicians:

Joe Foster



Bill Ihling

Jane McCoy

Bill & Jane 

2012 Market Sponsors

Emporia Realty Group 

PraireLand Partners
Winter Market & Vision Card Enhancement Sponsor:


The Emil Babinger Chartiable Trust


Facilities Sponsors:


The City of Emporia


Lyon County K-State Research & Extension


Flint Hills Music


Media Sponsors:




The Emporia Gazette


The Flint Hills Shopper


Community Partner & Event Sponsors:


Country Mart North


Emporia Community Foundation


Emporia Main Street 


Emporia Subways


Flint Hills Community Health Center


 Emporia Area Local Food Network 


Murphy's Menu


Chelsea Gerleman

Pampered Chef


RJ's Cake & Candy


Vanessa Apodaca
Tastefully Simple


The Verona Grill and Pizzeria


Helpful Harvesters:


James & Theresa Muckenthaler 


Simmons Law Office 


Don & Ruth Wise


Many Thanks to our

2012 Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market & Farmhands

Kim Botkin
Riley Botkin
Taylor Botkin
Janet Brassart
Harold Brenzikofer
Ele Browning
Betty Campbell
Margaret Davidson
Courtney Gagan
Ellen Hansen
Christina Hardin
Fannie Harrell
Beth Henrikson
Bill Ihling
Dianne Ihling
Janice Jaggard
Amy Jordan
Logan Ave. 4-H Club
Ruthann Resch
Charles Rothenberg
David Scheller
Mike Scheller
Evie Simmons
Kaman Simmons
Maddie Simmons
Rand Simmons
Mark Sherman
Becky Smith
Ben Stallings
Ashley Storrer
Anna Tall
Casey Woods
Barbara Younger
10 Ways You Can Help the Emporia Farmers Market
The month of June means the Emporia Farmers Market is in full swing with twice weekly markets and more vendors than ever before. All markets take place in the parking lot at 7th & Merchant. Saturday markets start at 8:00 AM and Wednesday markets start at 5:00 PM. Shoppers are encouraged to come early for the best selection. 
Contact EFM

EFM Market Office
702 Commercial, B3
Emporia, KS

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 8-noon

most Fridays 8-10AM

and by appointment 




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